Tuesday, February 11, 2014

14 Days of Genitals, Day 11: Hippo Pu Pu Platter

The hippopotamus is a misunderstood creature. Marketed as cute and cuddly (we mean, have you seen those cheeks?!) the hippo is actually one of the most dangerous animals in the world and also one of the worst to potty-train.
Hmm more floaters than sinkers this time!



Male hippos are very territorial and the most successful male must defend his habitat with all his mighty bowel strength. To show dominance, they fling their own shit and urine around. The most impressive part is how they coordinate their tails to propel around during the deed in order to maximize poop dispersal.



Bathroom talk is apparently a major turn-on for the lady hippos. Male hippos mostly use this shitty display for territory marking, but they have also been recorded using this same technique during mating season. The male will position himself where the female will get the best view, right in the splash-zone, and then he let's it rip.

Seal it with a turd
If the female is impressed with this literal shit-show, she will allow the male to mount her in the water. Hippos pretty much do everything in the water, include give birth fully submerged (welcome to the world, swim to the surface or die!) so making poopy love is no exception. Doin' the dirty takes about 30 minutes for these bad boys, so the female must periodically raise her snout above water to get some air, and probably because the water doesn't smell so fresh. Often the male is so stoked to be gettin' it he wheezes and honks like a asthmatic goose losing his virginity.



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Works Cited
Laws, R. M., and G. Clough. "Observations on reproduction in the hippopotamus Hippopotamus amphibius Linn." Comparative Biology of Reproduction in Mammals (1966): 117.

Eltringham, Stewart Keith. The hippos: natural history and conservation. Princeton University Press, 1999.

http://library.sandiegozoo.org/factsheets/hippo/hippo.htm#4

http://www.sciencechannel.com/life-earth-science/10-bizarre-mating-rituals.htm